Big numbers of monarch moving through today. Heavy nectaring and flying west. Easily saw 100 in 1h in the AM. Catching them 4 at a time!
Weather was about 16C at 9am, then went up to about 24C by noon, and cooled to 20C by 7:30pm. Winds were very light (gusts up to 15km/h), and blowing south. Heavy nectaring and directed flight west.
Nectaring was mainly on Wild Bergemot, but also on echinacea. Monarchs moving all day, and settling into the trees by 7-7:30pm. Highest rate of movement was in the afternoon. Easily tagged 50 butterflies today, often catching them 4 at a time.
Goldenrod and new England asters only starting to bloom. I didn't see any nectaring on those.
Check out the Newcastle Shoreline Monarch Waystation Facebook group for more photos!
Also lots in my backyard nearby those monarchs were attracted to Brown-eyed Susan.
Today was the most monarchs moving through our area this Fall, but the 25th was also a good day.
Latitude: 43.9 Longitude: -78.6
Observed by: Thomas
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